September 15th, 2009
05:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Resolution criticizing Wilson passes, on mostly partisan vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally admonished Republican Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting "you lie" during President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week.

The House passed a resolution of disapproval on a 240-179 vote that was mostly along party lines, reflecting the Democratic majority in the chamber.

Five representatives voted "present."

According to the Office of the House Historian, it was the first time in its 220-year history that the House has disciplined a member for speaking out during a presidential speech in the chamber to a joint session of Congress.

During debate on the resolution, Wilson called the measure a waste of time and failed to offer an apology to the chamber as demanded by House Democrats.


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  1. S Callahana NYS

    Okay...now you got your resolution...now get back to work!!!

    September 15, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. rorsharch

    could be worse, he didn't throw a shoe at him... remember when that incident occurred with Bush and a bunch of you guys were like "wish i could do that"? Now the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak.... to Rep. WiIson; I WISH I COULD HAVE DONE THAT!!!!!!

    September 15, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. waste of time

    as a liberal, I think admonishing a man without shame can only be a waste of time

    spend your time fixing the Bush mess, he will be voted out next election cycle

    what a nightmare Bush/Cheney is/was

    September 15, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Edward

    In the Dark days of watergate Dem's still showed respect for Nixon when he came to speak at thier house... Does this mean that the Repubs that voted against this are for turning the House in to a Questioning time in the house of commons ???

    September 15, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Christian Values

    During debate on the resolution, Wilson called the measure a waste of time and failed to offer an apology to the chamber as demanded by House Democrats.

    Ahhh...leave it to the special retard from SC to be disruptive in a meeting that should embrace civility and mutual respect. Par for the course when it comes to Republicans, idiots to the core!

    September 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Steph

    He failed to offer an apology because he was too busy signing photos of his outburst. What a disgrace! My small children behave better than Wilson.

    September 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Steph

    Please don't compare this to the shoe throwing incident...that guy ended up in jail (and was tortured – um, I mean they used enhanced interrogation techniques on him). Can we do that to Wilson????

    September 15, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. greg

    Mr. Wilson states "When we are done here today, we will not have taken any further steps toward helping" the nation deal with urgent challenges. That is true, but what exactly did Mr. Wilson think shouting "You lie" was accomplishing in helping the nation move forward?

    September 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. iamsparkling@twitter

    there. do they all feel better now? can we stop talking about it so the simpletons fixated on those two little words can forget about them & go back to picking the lint out of their bellybuttons?

    September 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Robbi

    I'm sick of bad manners in our society. I expect better behavior from our elected officials. Civilized society requires civility.

    September 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Taylor

    He should have been thrown out of Congress along with his Confederate buddies.

    September 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. TJ

    Is this really still news?

    September 15, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    Correctly voted: Wilson was out of line and deserved to be sanctioned. If he wants to whine about it, well, I guess that's just the kind of guy he is.

    Now we can move on to some meaningful discussion and legislation. Enough with the ridiculous distractions - let's get things done!

    September 15, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Peter, Texas

    The republicans who voted against the house resolution APPROVE of Wilson's behavior. Enough said!

    September 15, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Ivan

    Good, Wilson had to be forced by his party leaders to offer his insincere apology in the first place.

    September 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. rorsharch

    he claims he was tortured, whatever, my point is that the same people that are lamblasting Wilson for breaking decorum are the ones that celebrated the shoe throwing incident. At least have a little bit of intellectual honesty, please.

    September 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Ok so they did it. Now can we move on to something important?

    September 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Melissa

    Of course, the Republicans think they should get away with murder and want the Democrats to suffer.

    September 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. lila

    "According to the Office of the House Historian, it was the first time in its 220-year history that the House has disciplined a member for speaking out during a presidential speech in the chamber to a joint session of Congress."

    Because it has taken that long for someone in congress to breech such a long standing tradition of respect. It was beyond low brow of Joe Wilson, and I agree that it needs a very firm reprimand. Not so much for the democrats today, but rather for both future democrat and republican Leaders. Our maturity is part of our history we must preserve. Our civility is what sets us apart from third world lands where the law of the jungle rips nations apart. We must preserve our noble American history.

    September 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Mitsy

    Dear Politicians: Thanks for wasting my tax dollar writing up a rebuke instead of figuring out how to insure my friends who no longer have jobs but still have families to feed. A Very Disgruntled Taxpayer

    September 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. John Smith

    I am a Democrat and a liberal. Drop this issue and let's get on with healthcare and financial reforms. Enough already!!!

    September 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Proud Member..Party of No

    lolol.....Oh my! Admonished by the democrats! Oh, how will he ever be able to go on??

    The democrats are just one embarrassing joke after another.

    September 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Jon Krieger

    More of that famous "Bipartisanship" that Obama Bin Laden promised!

    September 15, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Postbellum Philanderer

    Next time S.C. says it wants to leave the Union, for heaven's sake let them go!

    September 15, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    I hope it made them feel special, because that's all this little effort was worth.

    Meanwhile, the lies continue but Americans know better now.

    September 15, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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